2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Pine Street Inn, one of Boston’s largest providers of shelter and support for the city’s homeless population. In recognition of this milestone, and to give back to the community, we here at Indresano Studios have embarked on a documentary project with the Pine Street Inn in an effort to highlight the important work the Pine Street Inn provides to the city of Boston. The goals of this project are to give voice to Boston’s homeless community and to spread awareness of the resources still needed to support and re-house the city’s homeless population.
The team’s first objective was to collect stories. The most effective way to humanize the issue of homelessness is to spread personal stories, experiences, and words.
Our team had the opportunity to interview three homeless men, John, Ray, and Jamil, on the first day of the shoot. In the interviews, our team learned details about each man’s past that led them to homelessness, their struggles to find housing and their hopes and goals for the future.
The team’s 4th interview of the day was with Nelson, the director of the Pine Street Inn’s Outreach Program. The Pine Street Inn has multiple vans traveling Boston 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help bring the Pine Street Inn’s support to people in need, rather than leaving them on their own to secure transportation to the shelter.
Our team also had the distinct privilege of accompanying the outreach team on a particularly snowy night. Members of the outreach team supplied blankets, hot food, and other forms of support to members of Boston’s homeless community.
As this project progresses, we hope to bring further updates to our readers. For now, it’s back to work on the Pine Street Inn’s 50th anniversary video!
Community involvement and service has always been important to Indresano Studio, and we have been proud to work with Medicine Wheel. Founded by Michael Dowling, Medicine Wheel is currently celebrating it’s 25th year of working to move beyond diversity to inclusion and build our community from the inside out, using art as the threshold.
The organization has:
Raised awareness of World AIDS day for 25 years and been a place to reflect and remember
Worked together with congregations to help them re-sanctify their spaces and continued to work with them to maintain them for 25 years.
Built communities for through the arts and created Youth Programs which has served over 6,000 people over 20 years.
Ran the Hope and Recovery Program for 15 years, helping 2,500 youth.
Worked for 15 years with the Art and Peace Building.
Created the “Dance the Dream”, a collection of 5,000 hand printsalong Columbia Road to promote the goals of art as a threshold
Built a 5 year partnership with HPHC, using art to honor the legacy of Dr. King
Teamed up with Beacon Communities and Boston Public Housing to create more affordable spaces for residents
Rehabilitated No Man’s Land and turned it from a run down strip of land to an outdoor sanctuary, filled with events for all ages of the community.
so much more!
Come and support these causes and others by becoming a spoke in their Wheel at the Annual Medicine Wheel Gala.